LAHORE : President Asif Ali Zardari has congratulated Pakistani women mountaineer Samina Baig and her brother Mirza Ali on climbing the Mount Everest. In his message, the president lauded the will and determination of Samina Baig. “She has made the nation proud and has earned laurels for the country by becoming the first Pakistani women to scale Mount Everest, the world's highest mountain with a peak at 8,848 meters. He said that the whole nation is proud of the young lady mountaineer for her historic achievement and also for introducing Pakistani women as a symbol of talent and great potential.

Congratulating the women of the country and indeed the entire nation on the achievement, the president expressed confidence that young Samina Baig would be followed as role model.

While paying tribute to the two young Pakistani mountaineers from Gilgit Baltistan, Samina Baig, 21, and Mirza Ali, 29, the president termed the youth as great asset of the country.

The president hoped that Samina Baig and her brother Mirza Ali would continue to work hard and keep the flag of the country flying high in the world of mountaineering.